The Ohio Supreme Court kicked the state’s new congressional map to the curb saying it illegally favored Republicans over Democrats and ordered new lines drawn.
Top Ohio court strikes down congressional map for illegally favoring Republicans https://t.co/pk5QYEY3sv pic.twitter.com/ROl1KSGWsT
— Reuters (@Reuters) January 14, 2022
Electoral analysts had said the Republican-backed map would ensure the party won at least 12, and perhaps 13, of the state’s 15 congressional seats, in part by splitting Cincinnati’s county into multiple districts to dilute Democratic voting power there.
In a 4-3 decision, the state’s high court found that the map violated new provisions in the Ohio Constitution that were approved by voters in 2018, including language that prohibits any map that “favors or disfavors a political party or its incumbents.”
Read the full report here.
Ohio voters passed a constitutional amendment in 2018 to ban partisan gerrymandering.
The amendment called for counties to be kept whole, but Republican lawmakers chopped up heavily-Black Hamilton County into three pieces to dilute their voting power. https://t.co/6rPJ54yuq2
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 14, 2022
4-3 opinion with Republican Chief Justice siding with Dem justices. Opinion notes Ohio Republicans usually win 55% of votes but would hold 75-80% of seats under GOP map
“By any rational measure, that skewed result just does not add up” https://t.co/aP2xtKMUY0
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) January 14, 2022
How do you get someone as evil as Jim Jordan in congress? Gerrymandering. Here’s what his district looks like
Well, the Ohio supreme court just rejected the new GOP gerrymandering and sent their proposals back.
— flexghost. (@flexghost1) January 13, 2022